8 of the Cutest Sanrio Characters
You’ve Never Heard Of
By Therese Aseoche
Sanrio has given us many characters we’ve loved ever since we were children like Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars, and My Melody, and they’ve even managed to stay relevant to the generation that have grown with them through characters like Gudetama and Aggretsuko.
But what you may not be completely aware of is that Sanrio has over 400 characters to date since Hello Kitty was first introduced in 1974. That’s too many to keep up with!
As a result, we’ve missed out on other Sanrio characters that are just as deserving of our attention and giddiness. Here are just some of our favorite unknowns!
This lovable salmon fillet might just be one of the cutest characters, despite also being one of the most odd, of Sanrio you’d ever lay eyes on. Her huge head and tiny little body add to her delicious charm. Her best friends Tai-kun and Saba-kun, a sea bream fillet and a mackerel fillet respectively, are just as adorable.
Minna no Tabo
One of the few only human characters that Sanrio has is Minna no Tabo, or “everyone’s altruistic boy.” He’s characterized to be a cheerful and honest boy whose birthday falls on May 5 (Children’s Day in Japan). He has a spirit to never give up trying when he makes mistakes, and he particularly excels in sports. What he doesn’t like, however, are green peppers and tongue twisters.
Wish Me Mell
This fluffy white bunny named Mell lives just beyond the end of the rainbow, in the magical world of Merci Hills. She is a scatterbrained yet happy-go-lucky character whose kind words of “Thank you” and “I’m sorry” instantly bring warmth to those she says them to.
Masyumaro Nyanko has undeniably the longest official name out of all the characters in Sanrio, which is Mashumaromitainafuwafuwanyanko (“The cat as soft as a marshmallow,” in English). This adorable kitty stands out for his soft, marshmallow-like fur and is a lover of fashion and buttons.